When a harmless prank goes too far, a boy must decide between a living lie or confessing the worst of all truths. Cutting edge fiction for the 11+ age group.
When a harmless prank goes too far, one teenager is drowned; another missing. The River Blackwater becomes a horrifying reminder of what Brodie has done and Alex has witnessed. One lie is told to cover it up – more follow making Brodie a hero, whilst inside, his guilt tears at him like the river’s treacherous current. Mysterious notes are left at his door and a haunting question remains: Who else saw what really happened. Brodie has to decide between confessing the truth or living with fear and secret shame for the rest of his life.
A fast-moving, disturbing but often moving novel which explores the inner-most anguish of a thirteen-year-old boy as he struggles with his conscience. His loving parents – in particular, his father, help Alex to come to terms with what he has done.
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'''I kept running, leaping tree trunks. Mashing my toes and ankles. How did they get in the Blackwater? How? They were being swept along on the other side of the river. I waved my arms. 'Make for the island. Swim!' But of course they couldn't hear me.'''
When a harmless prank goes too far, one teenager is drowned; another missing. Suddenly the Blackwater becomes a horrifying reminder of what Brodie has done and his cousin, Alex, has witnessed. One lie is told to cover it up, more follow…Then a white envelope is delivered to Brodie's house with his name on it. He pulls out a piece of lined paper and unfolds it. Printed on it in big capital letters in one word: 'TELL'.About the Author:
Eve Bunting was presented with the prestigious Regina Medal in the USA in 1997. She is one of the USA’s most acclaimed and versatile authors of children’s books and has written more than one hundred novels. Smoky Night won the Caldecott Medal in 1995 and Coffin On a Case won the Mystery Writers of American, best Juvenile Mystery prize in 1993.
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Book Description Collins, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007104413